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David Midgley reviews 'Cultural Evolution'

last modified Jun 07, 2016 04:49 PM

David Midgley has reviewed 'Cultural Evolution' by Tim Lewens in Philosophy.

"Tim Lewens’ careful study of the value and limitations of the evolutionary metaphor as a tool for understanding cultural change performs sterling service in disentangling its different variants and subjecting each to a searching critical analysis, leading to a measured and balanced assessment that, while strongly underscoring the very great disanalogies that obtain, both between the dynamics of cultural change and organic evolution and the underlying causal mechanisms that respectively produce them, affords an important and intellectually reputable role for some varieties of ‘evolutionary thinking’ in cultural studies.".

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